I took Sam to the North Oregon coast last weekend, including Astoria and Cannon Beach. Astoria sets on the Columbia Rver near its mouth.

The Astoria Column a 125-foot tall tower painted with a mural depicting important events in Oregon history. To get here you drive up a long, winding road to the top of a tall hill, and you can see the entire county! It's quite a view.  From the column parking lot, Sam and I took a hike to a 300-year old Sitka Spruce known as the Cathedral tree.  It wasn't near as large as some of the trees in Olympic National Park, but it was a nice tree. We met a guy on the trail who was a WWOOFer (Willing Workers on Organic Farms), and about to start grad school at NYU in Journalism. Sam dubbed him bro-han.

We have seen a lot of these gorgeous red elderberries around Oregon and Washington. In fact Sam is so impressed with all the berries in general. I was so excited to see red huckleberries on the trail and we ate some. They were the berries I ate the most as a kid at my dad's (as well as raspberries, but those were planted). In fact I took photos of the huckleberries and they must not have turned out because I can't find them!
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